Ethiopian Airlines is adding a service from Asmara, Eritrea, to Oslo. Ethiopian Airlines currently flies from Addis Ababa to Oslo via Stockholm. This route flies four times per week, but it will increase to six with the extension to Asmara.
The new route is similar to the existing route, which connects Addis Abeba to Arlanda and continues to Oslo Gardermoen. The new route goes from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onwards to Asmara, Eritrea, then Oslo, Norway, and lastly Stockholm, Sweden (ADD-ASM-OSL-ARN). The new route will be the first direct link from Eritrea to Europe.
This is not the only new route international connection to Oslo. Hainan Airlines recently announced a connection to Oslo. This suggests that Norway is a profitable destination since both passenger and cargo operations are successful.